Dani Young

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Dani Young
Born 7 January 1992 (1992-01-07) (age 26)
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Country music
Instruments Singer, guitar
Labels ABC Music
Associated acts Warren H Williams
Website Official website

Dani Young (born as "Danielle Young" in Sydney, Australia) is a Golden Guitar-nominated Australian singer-songwriter, best known for her country duet album Desert Water released in 2016 with Warren H Williams.[1][2] Williams and Young are the first 'black' (Indigenous) and 'white' (non-Indigenous) country music duo from Australia to record in Nashville.[3]

Desert Water is Young's first album, and debuted at #2 on the ARIA Country Albums Chart in Australia, and #71 on ARIA's all-genres chart based on sales volumes.[4][5] The album also produced Young's first major award nomination, receiving recognition at the 2017 CMAA Golden Guitars in the Best Group or Duo category alongside Warren H Williams.[6][7][8]

Desert Water has been added to the National Library of Australia.[9]

Early life[edit]

Born in Sydney, Australia, Young graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) in 2013[10] before moving to Alice Springs as a video journalist at the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association in 2014.[11][12] There she began her songwriting partnership with Warren H Williams.[13][14]

Music career[edit]

In May 2015, Young won "Best Young Jazz Act" at the Northern Territory Jazz and Blues Festival,[15] and performed with James Morrison & Hot Horn Happening in Alice Springs.[16]

Young appeared as a featured artist on renowned Australian rock band Gang Gajang's single "Circles In The Sand" alongside Williams in March 2016, singing in Western Aranda language.[17][18] The music video became the first clip to be filmed in front of Uluru with permission from the traditional owners.[19]

Williams & Young recorded Desert Water in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Billy Yates,[14] and the album was released through ABC Music on July 22, 2016.[20][21] The album features 11 original songs written by Williams & Young,[22] plus a cover of Noel Haggard's One Lifetime. It also features guest vocals from Grammy-winner Jim Lauderdale,[23] who Young met while appearing on an episode of Music City Roots in Franklin, Tennessee. The album took less than a year to write, record and produce.[24]

The lead single "Two Ships" spent 6 weeks at #1 on Tamworth Country Radio,[25] and peaked at number 9 on the national airplay chart. The song was 88.9 Tamworth Radio's number one song on the yearly top 20 for 2016.[26][27] The film clip for "Two Ships", directed by Duncan Toombs, peaked at number 19 on the Country Music Channel's Top 30.

Television Appearances[edit]

In 2016, Dani Young and Warren H Williams were featured in an episode of Living Black called 'Ntaria to Nashville', jointly produced by SBS and NITV.[28] The episode followed their songwriting journey from Williams' remote hometown of Ntaria in Central Australia, through to the recording studio in Nashville, and on to their first performances at the 2016 Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Williams and Young also appeared on NITV's special coverage of the 2016 National Indigenous Music Awards.[29]

Young has previously appeared on Carols In The Domain between 2002-2007 as a backup singer and dancer for stars such as Tim Campbell, Adam Harvey, Leo Sayer and Jimmy Barnes.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions


Desert Water (Warren H Williams & Dani Young)
  • Release date: 22 July 2016
  • Label: ABC Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
71 2


  • "Circles In The Sand" - Gang Gajang (featuring Warren H Williams & Dani Young) from GANGgajang (Remastered)
  • "Two Ships" - Warren H Williams & Dani Young from Desert Water


  1. ^ Kerin, Lindy (22 July 2016). "Warren H Williams and Dani Young team up to record an album and make history in Nashville". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "NIMA Finalists announced | National Indigenous Music Awards". www.musicnt.com.au. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  3. ^ Christie. "Rooty Hill RSL". Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  4. ^ Sheridan, Haley (2016-08-22). "Perfect harmony for duo". Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  5. ^ "Australian Albums: Human Nature 'Gimme Some Lovin' Clocks Up No 1 - Noise11.com". www.noise11.com. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  6. ^ KELLAR, HALEY CRAIG & JIM (2016-11-29). "Tamworth Country Music Festivals 2017 Finalists announced". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  7. ^ CRAIG, HALEY (2016-11-29). "Tamworth Country Music Festivals 2017 Finalists announced". The Courier. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  8. ^ "Dani is in tune with outback spirit". Retrieved 2016-12-18. 
  9. ^ "Desert water / Warren H Williams & Dani Young. - Version details". Trove. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  10. ^ "News | The University of Sydney". sydney.edu.au. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  11. ^ Browning, Daniel (2016-07-27). "The desert meets the sea in Nashville". Radio National. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2016-09-19. 
  12. ^ "Frost Bite: freak hailstorm batters Alice Springs" (PDF). Centralian Advocate. June 21, 2016. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  13. ^ Lovegrove, Michelle (November 12, 2015). "Warren H Williams and Danielle Young". Special Broadcasting Service, Australia. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  14. ^ a b "Warren H Williams & Dani Young team up for new duets album". Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  15. ^ "Music NT". www.musicnt.com.au. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  16. ^ Brown, Jessica (May 12, 2015). "Hot horns heat up for weekend jazz jams" (PDF). Centralian Advocate. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  17. ^ "GANGgajang Home". www.ganggajang.com. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  18. ^ Media, Australian Community Media - Fairfax (2016-05-11). "GANGgajang draws circles in the sand at Redland Bay". Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  19. ^ "GANGgajang Become First Band Permitted To Film Video At Uluru - Noise11.com". www.noise11.com. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  20. ^ "Warren H Willilams and Dani Young". ItsCountry. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  21. ^ "Warren H. Williams & Dani Young: "Two Ships" (2016). New Official Music Video". 2016-08-02. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  22. ^ "Warren H Williams and Dani Young produce Desert Water". www.2nm.com.au. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  24. ^ "Warren H Williams". ABC Music. Retrieved 2016-09-19. 
  25. ^ "Singer Danielle Young (OG 2009) has collaborated with Aboriginal country singer Warren H Williams". www.stcatherines.nsw.edu.au. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  26. ^ "88.9FM's Country Music Countdown". Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  27. ^ "#1 on Tamworth Radio's Chart". Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Living Black Season 23 Episode 6 - Ntaria To Nashville". SBS On Demand. SBS/NITV productions. 26 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-09-19. 
  29. ^ "NIMA Finalists announced | National Indigenous Music Awards". www.musicnt.com.au. Retrieved 2016-09-19.